The upcoming Karaka Million Twilight Meeting and National Yearling Sales Series will showcase how exciting and rewarding the industry can be, and there are a number of different ways to get involved in the heart of the sport.
From some of our world-famous stud farms to hobbyists with one or two mares, the value of breeders to the New Zealand thoroughbred industry cannot be measured.
Securing the top spots on the leading vendors table at Karaka is no easy feat with multiple vendors having the firepower to claim ultimate supremacy.
The signs are strong for title holder Waikato Stud who has had a massive year with their Champion Sire Savabeel producing a Guineas double with 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) and 1000 Guineas winner Hasahalo (NZ). Rounding that number out in just three short weeks in November, across the Tasman Shillelagh (NZ) won the Group 1 Cantala Stakes in Victoria. Only a month later Kawi (NZ) claimed his seventh Group 1 victory in the Captain Cook Stakes bolstering Savabeel’s record of 15 individual Group 1 winners.
Gearing up for another busy Karaka are a host of returning vendors who continue to present strong drafts by proven and up-and-coming sires.
The 2017 Yearling Sales delivered for Janine Dunlop’s Phoenix Park selling 16 youngsters for over $1.8 million with the likes of Australian-based DGR Thoroughbreds outlaying $400,000 for their Savabeel colt out of dual Group 1-winning mare The Jewel (Lot 447).
The yearlings at Karaka 2018 will be presented by a host of respected and skilled vendors, including a fresh group of consignors whose names may be somewhat new to buyer’s ears.
The recently established Koru Thoroughbreds has set up at the former Curraghmore Stud near Hamilton with the Taylor family, comprising of Kevin and Julie Taylor and their son Matthew and his partner Melissa Speers, ready to present their inaugural draft at the Sale later this month.
The fact that 19% of all Group 1 winners in Australia over the past five seasons have first and/or second dams that carry the NZ suffix comes as no surprise to breeders, trainers and owners alike wanting to tap into New Zealand’s matriarchal strength.
Well-bred New Zealand fillies proving their worth include $150,000 Karaka yearling Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi) who represented the fourth consecutive kiwi-bred winner in the world’s richest Oaks race – the A$1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks. Accolades came after her three-year-old campaign with Oaks wins on both sides of the Tasman and then picked up right where she left off this season with a win in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes.
The year of 2018 brings a renewed structure to the National Yearling Sales Series and we’re excited for the fresh format to flow over with changes to the National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale.
The Sale now sports a new name – the ‘Karaka May Sale’, reflecting the diversity of bloodstock on offer at Karaka during this three-day Sale event.
Low-priced Karaka purchase August Edition (NZ) (Alamosa) had the biggest payday of her career to date when she scored a determined victory in Sunday’s $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup (2200m) at Ellerslie.
The bay daughter of the Reset mare Miranda Miss (NZ) cost just $5,000 at the 2013 National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka, and $12,000 at the Festival Yearling Sale a year later. She went into Sunday’s race with $34,025 in prizemoney to her name – a total she nearly trebled with the $56,000 winner’s prize.
A live barrier draw at Karaka’s iconic sales complex will set the scene for the two $1 million Karaka Million races in the lead up to the twilight meeting at Ellerslie on the 27 January – the Karaka Million 2YO and the Karaka Million 3YO Classic.
The barrier draw for both of the $1 million races will take place on Wednesday 24 January with Trackside’s Michael Guerin hosting the event from 11.00am where connections of the final fields will personally draw their barriers.
New Zealand boasts an outstanding line-up of both proven and highly promising sires. Those ranks have been further boosted in the last couple of seasons with an intake of exciting youngsters.
Alamosa was a Group 1 winner at two, three and four and he made a smart start to his breeding career at Wellfield Lodge when he was New Zealand’s leading first season sire. In the following spring his first-crop daughter Kirramosa (NZ) won the Group 1 Victoria Oaks and Group 2 Wakeful Stakes.
Global powerhouse sires from the ranks of Australasia’s best stud farms will be represented at the fast-approaching 2018 National Yearling Sales with preceding feature-race winners boosting their demand.
Waikato Stud titan and reigning Champion New Zealand Sire Savabeel made a clean sweep of New Zealand’s major sire awards for the second consecutive season and success with his elite Karaka yearling Embellish (NZ) in the Group 1 2000 Guineas has seen him jump to the top of the leader board this season. His star performers around the world include the likes of Karaka graduates Hall of Fame (NZ), Sangster (NZ) and Lucia Valentina (NZ).
The New Zealand thoroughbred breeding industry is renowned for producing classic three-year-old types and this season’s Group 1 winners have been heavily influenced by race track stars in their three-year-old campaigns. New Zealand’s niche market has also produced a steady flow of raiders in some of the richest races around the world.
New Zealand and Australia
Living up to his pedigree and $775,000 purchase price, Embellish (NZ) (Savabeel) beat a star-studded field in this season’s Group 1 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas. Hasahalo (NZ) (Savabeel) excelled in the New Zealand Thousand Guineas, Aloisia (NZ) (Azamour) upstaged some highly rated fillies in the Caulfield Thousand Guineas and Mighty Boss (Not a Single Doubt) rose to the occasion in the Caulfield Guineas. The Guineas glory has rounded this season’s Group 1 winners up to seven for Yearling Sale graduates.
New Sponsors Collinson & Co Partner with the Karaka Cup
Monday, Dec 18, 2017
New Zealand Bloodstock’s long-time foreign exchange provider, Collinson & Co, have signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with the newly named $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup (2200m).
Formerly named the Karaka Stayers Cup, the race was introduced in 2014 catering to the middle-distance and staying horses as an addition to the Karaka Million Series. This year will showcase even further enhancement to the Series with the Karaka Cup set to be held on Sunday 14 January at Auckland Racing Club’s Ellerslie Racecourse in the lead up to the 2018 Karaka Million Twilight Meeting, and with a prize purse that has quadrupled from the first edition in 2014.
A proven Group 1 performer who has had more than his share of setbacks during his racing career, the $200,000 Karaka purchase Chambord(NZ) (Zabeel) claimed a richly deserved first black-type victory in Friday’s $50,000 Listed FastTrack Insurance Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki.
The well-bred son of Zabeel and the Montjeu mare Miss Montjeu (NZ) was bought by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis with feature three-year-old racing in mind, and he proved to be right up to that standard.
NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series Catalogues Online Now
Friday, Nov 24, 2017
Packed with quality, the catalogues for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 92nd National Yearling Sales Series are available online now and will be in letterboxes from early December.
Posing the destination of choice for many to secure their yearlings, the week-long showcase is set to present 1,247 of the best thoroughbreds from around the country at New Zealand Bloodstock’s iconic Karaka Sales Centre.